It’s interesting to note the clear clash of styles, as this just feels so American, much more so than the recent series episodes that were done in America (beginning of Season 5, The Angels Take Manhattan, Daleks in…wait so many Manhattan, lucky this is in San Fran!). It is pure Hollywood…over the top musical direction, similar cinematography and effects to those classic 80s-90s movies, similar delivery of the story…yeah. Guess I can appreciate that the recent series’ are quite unique in that respect, though obviously much more similar to other BBC dramas. You can often tell the difference between US, UK, Aus and other cinema just by looking at it. Yeah. Let’s move on.
I like Seven’s death actually, because it’s just so sudden but it could happen to anyone, and for him to die during surgery is really cool. And yes, the first “sexy Doctor” is very good in this, I’m glad I saw the beginning and end of his life for the first time in the span of a week. Ditching the wig was the best decision though. He, like the movie itself, are great transition points between old and new. More on that later.
The story frustrates me, mostly because of its great but squandered potential. Melodramatic (not the good or ridiculous kind), mostly for the Hollywood techniques listed above, but what else should I expect? Will never say no to doomsday at the millenial, however; gosh they were hilarious days when people actually believed that stuff, remember it well.
Grace and Chang were good, wasn’t expecting much but they were interesting enough, and good to see the Master manipulating people once again. Speaking of which, as much as I like Eric Roberts, all the snake imagery was overblown, wasn’t it? A lot of dumb villain tropes like deep voice near the end and all that also kinda ruined it. Not my Master (Roger Delgado), but certainly paves the way for the likes of John Simm. I guess he doesn’t count too much though since he was Bruce the Human. Bruce. Really?
All the callbacks to the past were good, jelly babies of course cropping up a lot. In the end I probably enjoyed the performances of the two Doctors and two “companions”, but the movie is a sorta A-grade Hollywood adaption of a B-Grade series (I mean that in the most endearing of terms), and that ultimately doesn’t gel that well. What it does do well is provide the bridge between the old and the new, with lavish sets (TARDIS main hub looks great in this), theatrics, more epic yet concise story telling, and of course a move to younger Doctors. Fundamentally, there remains a strong connection with all of them, and that’s important for such a long running show.